As long as the action takes place in the safe space of a real museum, it does not pose a threat, as it does not suppose any result (that is, completion of the action). For example, the governor of St Petersburg during Putin’s visit to the Leningrad siege museum, squatting down, showed the president how to operate a manual power generator. Of course, from his zeal the light bulb could neither go on, nor burn out, since the only energy produced by the St Petersburg governor was that of political loyalty, which he manifested in his usual comical, self-parodic manner.
However, if Russian society were to actually switch to an interactive mode of historical reconstruction, this would risk not only an overheating of the system, but also a different mode of temporality, which would be inherently catastrophic for the existing political order in Russia. Its attempt to reproduce and repeat the historical past has set off a course of history as such. A real history, accompanied by change, innovation, rupture. A history capable of transforming the imperfect form of endless war into the perfect form of defeat.